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Sick, But Not Sick Enough: Surviving On Newstart With A Chronic Illness Is Hell

Saturday 29 September 2018


From The Guardian Australia:


Centrelink / Medicare / NDIS

Sick, but not sick enough: surviving on Newstart with a chronic illness is hell

Two years ago I had to leave a job I loved. Since then I’ve had to fight for my rights in a social system that fails sick people.

By Stacey Thomson
Saturday 29 September 2018
© 2018 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

Access cuts to the disability pension have made Centrelink hostile territory for those with chronic illness or disability. I know. I’m one of them.

29.53% of applicants gained access to the Disability Support Pension last financial year. The government wants you to consider this a win. But cutting access to the DSP doesn’t mean those who’ve been rejected are working. It means they’re on Newstart, an allowance that’s fundamentally unable to support those with disability or chronic illness.


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